Russia To Develop Arms Market In Uganda

look geneva;”>The head of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Alexander Fomin was on Tuesday quoted by Moscow Times as saying: “We are losing [weapons] markets and gaining new ones at the same time.

cost geneva;”>Fomin was speaking to journalists ahead of the Aero India-2013 international exhibition in Bangalor, order where he is heading the Russian delegation.

“We lost a lot of markets, unfortunately, to tragic events, connected to political conflicts, civil wars in the Middle East, Maghrib, North Africa. Cooperation with Libya has been halted — temporarily, I hope. There’s a temporary drop in deliveries. Though we are in touch with Egypt and Iran. We’re prevented from working with Syria, that’s a fact. We lost Iraq. We’ve almost lost Afghanistan,” Fomin said.

Despite setbacks, however, Russian arms manufacturers have managed to develop new markets in Venezuela and Peru, as well as in places forgotten since Soviet times, like Mali, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Oman, Fomin said.

Army spokesperson Col Felix Kulayigye was not readily available for comment.

But the development comes against the backdrop of President Yoweri Museveni’s trip to Russia.

Museveni late last year met Russian leader Vladimir Putin for business talks though sources say he intended to discuss the procurement of modern war planes and defence equipment.

Earlier, the Russian state arms export company Rosoboronexport said Uganda intended to purchase six more Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter jets to beef up Uganda’s security.


Rosoboronexport’s Deputy Director Alexander Mikheyev last year told journalists at an arms exhibition in South Africa that Uganda had signed its first contract to buy six Su-30MK2 fighters.

“Now, we are talking about an option, the Ugandans expressed interest in buying another six aircraft of this type,” he stated, according to Russia website,

Responding to the reports during a press conference at his country home in Rwakitura, Museveni, however, did not rule out purchasing the war planes in future “as the country continues with the process of building a viable modern air force.”

“We have not signed any agreement for new jets, but when we get good terms in future, we shall continue building our army,” said Museveni.

The President clarified that Uganda would soon raise money to adequately fund defence, railways, scientific innovations and electricity.

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